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Brick by brick

After years of shrinking ambition at The Washington Post, Jeff Bezos has the paper thinking global domination

In April, six months after her family sold the newspaper it had controlled for eight decades to Amazon founder... More

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Part of the club

Voice of San Diego’s membership model has once again earned the organization a place in the national spotlight. If the model succeeds in San Diego, can it succeed elsewhere?

In August 2009, back when conferences on the future of American journalism were still urgent but no longer novel,... More

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The 10th anniversary of a photo that changed the Iraq War

An image from Fallujah and its consequences

Khalid Mohammed, a photographer for the Associated Press, took a picture 10 years ago of two charred American bodies... More

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The reasons Oscar should be horrified by
The Act of Killing

Are the same reasons it deserves to win best documentary

The Act of Killing, which tells the story of the mass killings in Indonesia in the mid 1960s from the... More

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Evgeny vs. the internet

Evgeny Morozov wants to convince us that digital technology can’t save the world, and he’s willing to burn every bridge from Cambridge to Silicon Valley to do it

Depending on whom you ask, Evgeny Morozov is either the most astute, feared, loathed, or useless writer about digital... More

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False fronts

The Act of Killing shatters Indonesia’s sense of itself

In the early hours of October 1, 1965, a group of junior officers in the Indonesian military assassinated six... More

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News havens

Dan Kennedy shows why news startups matter

The New Haven Independent is almost surely the smallest news organization ever chronicled at book length. Founded in 2005 by... More

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Exit Interview - FCC ya later!

Julius Genachowski delivers his stump speech on four years at the FCC

Julius Genachowski's four years as chairman of the Federal Communications Commission had a little something for everyone. There was... More

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Remembering Tim Hetherington

Two years after his death, his legacy continues

Saturday marks the second anniversary of the deaths of the photojournalists Tim Hetheringon and Chris Hondros, friends and colleagues who... More

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Ed, out

Schultz’s working-man style was eclipsed by MSNBC’s wonky liberal brand

Last night, after getting the scoop of his life with an exclusive interview of the long-mysterious videographer behind the "47-percent"... More

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Big talker

How a right-winger from Fargo became a star of the liberal airwaves

Among highly paid primetime cable hosts who commute weekly by private jet between rural Minnesota and Manhattan, Ed Schultz... More

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Unfinished business

A new biography of photojournalist Tim Hetherington reflects on a too-short career

In recent years, as the American public has grown exhausted by news of war, it has become ever more... More

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Must-reads of 2012: political corruption in out-of-the-way places

Crazy things happen in small places

As 2012 draws to a close, CJR writers brainstormed the year's best reads in their beats. Border town edges into... More

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Going to great lengths

After two years as the hot new thing, the e-singles market is getting serious—and crowded

From the beginning, The Atavist was a small startup with a lot of big playmates. A pioneer in the... More

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USA Today’s 30th birthday bash

The paper promises to reinvent the news businesses amid crab cakes and blue champagne

Thursday night, the Gannett Company gathered employees, friends, and family at the National Portrait Gallery in Washington, DC, to celebrate... More

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CJR Audio: investing in local news startups

Talking shop with investor/ publishers Alice Rogoff (Alaska Dispatch) and Vincent LoVoi (This Land Press)

In most of the startup world, capital is everything. It costs money to build an institution and sustain its growth... More

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Made for you and me

In Tulsa, This Land Press is defying news-startup orthodoxy and betting that its community will pay for quality journalism — not eventually, but right now

Across the street from a Fastenal hardware store in the shadow of Tulsa’s aging art-deco skyline, the staff of... More

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Required skimming: journalism business models

All the things I could do/If I had a little money

This month, CJR presents “Required Skimming,” a daily miniguide to our staffers’ beats and obsessions, ranging from finance to food.... More

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Required skimming: media news aggregators not named Romenesko

(Only because everyone knows about him already)

This month, CJR presents “Required Skimming,” a daily miniguide to our staffers’ beats and obsessions, ranging from finance to food.... More

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All on the same page

A new essay collection suggests technology will enhance book culture, not kill it

Mark Bauerlein, an english professor at Emory University and the author of the 2004 National Endowment for the Arts study... More

Apple can’t hide from a 20-year-old reporter - The University of Michigan student gets behind the tech titan’s newest products

Al Jazeera America struggles to get off the margins - A quality-first strategy faces huge hurdles

Finding James Foley - This 2013 story takes a look at GlobalPost’s search for the photojournalist

Gannett cribs from Advance Publications playbook for struggling newspapers - Staff compete for fewer jobs; ‘readers become the assignment editor’

Cop corruption probe sparks newspaper feud - A spiked story is at the center of a bitter fight between Philadelphia’s two dailies


The impact of watching executions (PSmag)

“[E]xecutions, even for people who support capital punishment, and even when the criminals being put to death evoke little personal sympathy because of the nature of their crimes, take a toll on witnesses”

Times of India demands employee social media passwords (Quartz)

The company will possess log-in information and will be free to post any material to the account without journalists’ knowledge

Reconnecting with a story source, 17 years later (Hartford Courant)

“People who say reporters exploit people? You are right, we do. We parachute into people’s lives, sidle up, convince them that we care — and then disengage when the story is over. But that doesn’t mean we don’t connect, in a genuine way.”

The McDonald’s in Ferguson (LAT)

“Lately, the restaurant has taken on the appearance of a battered frontier outpost”

Bloggingheads

Greg Marx discusses democracy and news with Tom Rosenstiel of the American Press Institute

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